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costa rica girl watercolor portrait

Reference photo is my friend Lorna.  She is originally from Costa Rica and we met during both of our first years in the U.S., at an ESL class. Unfortunately, the painting doesn’t look like her, even after numerous reworkings (if you look close, you can see areas of diluted gesso here and there). I guess I’ll have to paint another one some time and aim for more resemblance!

Speaking of years in the U.S., yesterday was my 7-year move-i-versary (thanks Genevieve for another made-up word I can add to my vocabulary ;) ) It feels so strange.


Originally posted on November 1, 2010 at:



asian girl wearing a hat watercolor portrait

Watercolor on Arches CP 140lb, 9×12″. Photo reference: Angel Zhang of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. Yeah…not very happy with this one. Overkill.

I worked on it while at my booth during a local event yesterday. People really like watching somebody paint (I do, too) and I’m getting used to the pressure of somebody looking over my shoulder. It’s not that bad when you space out and ignore the world outside of your painting (which I do anyway, regardless of spectators).

Originally posted on September 26 at:


woman portrait watercolor

Watercolor and acrylic gel medium on Arches CP 140lb, 9×12″. Interesting thing: Arches paper seems much softer after Canson Montval, much more absorbing (less sizing??) and more difficult to wipe or scrub paint off of.

The reference photo is Kate Larmuth of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party.

Oh. And this was not a 30 minute painting, as you can probably tell.


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